Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 31, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim Finally Heads to U.S. After Being Sentenced to Death for Her Faith The Sudanese woman who was pregnant and sentenced to death for not recanting her faith is finally headed for the United States after she spent weeks in a U.S. embassy after her release from prison. At eight months pregnant, Ibrahim had been sentenced to death for not renouncing her Christian faith and she was imprisoned and eventually forced to give birth in chains while shackled in the Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in North Khartoum, Sudan. Read More

Amazing Video Shows Life Before Birth: “Everything a Newborn Baby Does, a Fetus Has Already Done” An amazing new video that appeared on the Today show shows life before birth. The pro-life movement already knows unborn babies are capable or truly astonishing things and this report confirms it. Dr. Bill Fifer, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and a leading expert on fetal and newborn learning, appears on the program and says “Everything that a newborn baby does, a fetus has pretty much done already.” Read More

To Hide Botched Abortion Injuring Woman, Planned Parenthood Refuses to Call 911
In what is becoming an all-too-familiar occurrence, pro-life sidewalk counselors snapped photos as an ambulance arrived to transport yet another patient from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Planned Parenthood volunteers held up bed sheets as a covered woman was wheeled out of the abortion facility on a gurney in an attempt to prevent pro-life supporters from documenting the event. This incident, which took place on July 10, 2014, boosts the number of known medical emergencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood site to 26 in the past five years. Read More

Did a Federal Court Just Rule That Every Single State Has to Have an Abortion Clinic?Earlier this week, in a transparent act of judicial slight-of-hand, two judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a pro-life bill in Mississippi unconstitutional. Read More

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Prayer is the Key! Alvida King: In the Pro-Life Movement And in Our Lives

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach of Priests for Life and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., encourages us to use the power of prayer!: Prayer Is the Key!

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TODAY Show: The Secret Life of Unborn Babies

Via SBAList: Watch while you can. Informative.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 30, 2014

Note: this is not all the available Pro-Life News but items not previously highlighted or of editorial interest at the time of this post.

Mom Just Watched as Neighbor Found Abandoned Baby She Left on the Side of the Road There were hints in the early reports about an abandoned baby who was found on a dirt road in White Cloud, Michigan that there were even more shocking revelations. On Monday, a little after 10:00 am, Bobby, a black Labrador, pulled his owner, Jeff Kopp, down the road and toward a satellite dish. What Kopp initially thought was a rock or a rabbit was, in fact, a baby girl, evidently about six hours old. Read More

Man Took 14-Year-Old For Three Abortions After Impregnating Her, Clinics Ignored the Rapes Last week the pro-life organization, Life Dynamics, Inc. released a stunning report which detailed actual criminal cases of adult pedophiles who used abortion to cover their crimes. The group points out that in case after case where the predators impregnated their victims, the abortion clinics failed to report the abuse, leaving the young victims to suffer sometimes years of rape as a result. Read More

Democrat: Stop “Whining” About Cancelled Insurance Plans Under Obamacare The pro-life movement raised the alarm during the health care debate that adopting Obamacare would lead to rationing of health care in a way that could cost patients their very lives. Then, that started to happen more and more often. Now, one Congressional Democrat has a response to Americans who lost their health insurance under Obamacare and Republicans who are speaking out on their behalf: quit “whining.” Read More

Ebay User Sells Abortion Drug Mifepristone for $200 Plus Shipping was recently contacted and tipped off that a seller on eBay was selling the abortion drug, mifepristone. When the listing was looked into on July 29, it was no longer available. However, by the morning of July 30, it was not only back up, but had been sold. The listing has a time stamp of sale ended July 30, 2014 at 05:20:46 PDT. The name of the item sold was nothing more than “Abortion,” and the only description given reads, besides “Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing[,]” is “Done at the privacy at your own home. Instructions are included in the box.” Read More

Nancy Pelosi on Immigration: “Let Us Not Turn Away From Jesus’ Children,” But Abortion’s A-OK Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has this uncanny ability to cite Scripture to defend her position on other political issues, but when it comes to abrotion, she ignores the pro-life verses in the Good Book.. Read More

MSNBC Host Applauds Court’s Decision Preventing Mississippi From Becoming Abortion Free MSNBC’s chief abortion rights absolutist Irin Carmon is giddy over a move today by a “conservative” federal circuit court panel to scotch an abortion-clinic regulation in Mississippi which requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Read More

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Radical Bill Prohibiting Pro-Life Free Speech

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | Despite the fact the nation’s highest court took the state of Massachusetts to task for passing a law curtailing the free speech rights of pro-life advocates, the Bay State is again trying to suppress them.

In a unanimous decision last month, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone law prohibiting pro-life free speech outside abortion clinics. The decision was a huge victory for pro-life sidewalk counselors who provide women with abortion alternatives.

In their ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot “buffer zone” restricting pro-life advocates from speaking with people entering abortion facilities.

Saying the abortion buffer zone is “inconsistent with the First Amendment,” the Supreme Court ruled that that the buffer zone violated the First Amendment because it “restricts access to ‘public way[s]’ and ‘sidewalk[s],’ places that have traditionally been open for speech activities.”

Now, Massachusetts lawmakers have responded with a vengeance — passing a radical bill that prohibits free speech for pro-lifers seeking to help women.

Gov. Deval Patrick, Pro-Abortion Proponent
Today, Governor Deval Patrick, who is a staunch abortion proponent and a former board member of Planned Parenthood, signed the bill into law.

The attorney for Eleanor McCullen, the lead plaintiff in the 9-0 decision in McCullen v. Coakley, emailed LifeNews about the bill. Michael DePrimo told“The new buffer zone law is a backdoor attempt to interfere with the constitutional right of free speech in the service of women seeking abortion whose minds are not made up – women who are looking for the hope, help, love, and concrete aid offered by Eleanor McCullen and other peaceful sidewalk counselors. This new law chills life-saving speech by threatening massive civil fines for non-violent acts such as peacefully offering a leaflet of information to passersby on a public sidewalk.

The reality is that individuals in the abortion industry have a business incentive to falsely characterize any attempt at pro-life communication on the public ways outside abortion clinics as a form of harassment or intimidation, no matter how peaceful. It is important for law enforcement to understand that momentary attempts at peaceful communication to offer hope, help and love are constitutionally protected expressive conduct, despite the legislature’s rejection of an amendment offered by Representative Jim Lyons that would have made that expressly clear.

If a citizen is threatening public safety, he or she can be arrested under current state or federal law, and then enjoined by a judge based on evidence and testimony. The new law signed by the Governor ignores those common resources, and instead invites state censorship by enabling police to order peaceful citizens to stand on a 25-foot line for the remainder of the abortion clinics’ business hours. The new law is unconstitutional not only because it is vague and overbroad, but also because it purports to grant to law enforcement the power to issue a temporary restraining order—a power that may only be exercised by courts.

The first amendment protection of free speech cannot be placed behind painted lines. My client Eleanor McCullen and the other peaceful sidewalk counselors will continue to serve the women of Boston who deserve real alternatives to abortion. We will closely monitor law enforcement’s use of the new law to ensure that our clients’ peaceful exercise of first amendment rights is not infringed.”
Anne Fox of Massachusetts Citizens for Life told LifeNews that abortion activists told legislators during debate in the legislature false tales of pro-lifers harassing women.

“Planned Parenthood employs a huge number of people in the state who all drone on about their abuse by pro-lifers. No legislator picked up on the pro-lifers’ demands for pictures or videos of the alleged incidents,” she said.

Fox said pro-abortion lawmakers will rush the bill through the legislature.

“As fast as they can get it through the House and signed, Massachusetts will have a law which is worse than the old Buffer Zone. It effectively creates a 25-foot zone and the penalties are scary – $50,000 and three years in jail,” she said. “The legislature is in the process of disrespecting the Supreme Court and penalizing law-abiding citizens. I do think all the other places that have suspended their Buffer Zones will pass laws like this one. At least Massachusetts will have company in its foolishness.”

During the hearing, when the pro-lifers had a chance to speak, Eleanor McCullen, an elderly woman who has spent years helping women find abortion alternatives, and other pro-life advocates explained that it would be counterproductive to their efforts to save babies from abortion and help women to treat pregnant women badly.

“Phil Moran, the local lawyer for the McCullen win, compared the new zone to the penalty box where the counselors would always be,” Fox told LifeNews about the hearing. “State Representatives Jim Lyons and Marc Lombardo spoke. Jim pointed out that these same people say “The Supreme court has spoken” about Roe v Wade. Now they have no use for the Court. Marc stated that this proposed law is so outrageous that it will definitely be appealed and cited the costs in time and money that will be associated with the appeal – the McCullen case has already cost many millions.”

Pat Stewart, MCFL Executive Director, gave impressive testimony citing 20 actual laws that already cover blockading, harassing, etc.

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Abortion Lobby Having Trouble With Its Message

Student's For Life of America: Because Planned Parenthood is always looking for a way to normalize abortion and make it seem mainstream, accepted and no big deal, (see their funding of the “abortion comedy” movie flop Obvious Child), their president Cecile Richards found something equally appalling to compare the ending of a child’s life to: men’s colonoscopies.

Ms. Richards was recently on PBS with Bill Moyers and talked about the recent ruling from the Supreme Court on buffer zones for abortion protestors and sidewalk counselors. Here is what she said:

BILL MOYERS: What do you think will come from the court’s junking of the 35-foot buffer zone?

CECILE RICHARDS: Well, we’re already seeing in Massachusetts that absolutely, immediately after that decision eliminating the buffer zone we had record numbers of protesters outside of the following women all the way up to the door of our health center in Massachusetts. These are not all kindly, elderly ladies simply whispering in the ears.

And even if they were, it is the right of women in this country to be able to access healthcare that they need without harassment and without the advice of dozens of people outside their health center. I mean, can you imagine if, you know, if men in this country, before going into their doctor had to walk through a gauntlet of protesters telling them, you know, whether it’s not to get a colonoscopy or just go down the list? It’s incredible.

Imagine those signs – “Colonoscopies Exploit Men!” or “Abolish Colonoscopies” or “Pro-Men, Anti-Colonoscopy”.
As uncomfortable as a colonoscopy may be, it is a valid medical procedure that saves lives (as opposed to ending them) and is a necessary and actual medical process, something that is considered “healthcare” by the general public and medical field. On the other hand abortion takes life and is not considered healthcare – abortion hasn’t been subsidized by the government since 1976 through the Hyde Amendment until Obamacare came around.

This is a tactic that Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby need to employ to get the public on their side. But it isn’t working. In fact, the New York Times reports today that abortion advocates are pulling away from the term “pro-choice” because it doesn’t mean anything. Why? Maybe because an actual pro-choice person would want women to see ultrasounds before they decide to have an abortion or to have access to all the information they could on what abortion is, how it affects the women on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Logically, the term pro-choice just doesn’t make sense.

The abortion lobby wants to use terms like “women’s health” instead to promote abortion. But women’s health isn’t about abortion. Please. Any woman is going to see through that fa├žade.

Women’s health isn’t about abortion – it’s about mammograms (which Planned Parenthood doesn’t do), well visits, making sure women are eating healthy and taking care of themselves so they can take care of their families, mental well-being, work-life balance, and other things that yes, deal with reproduction, but also deal with the impressive body and inner workings of being a woman. The “right” to end the life of her child doesn’t encompass “women’s health.”

Planned Parenthood and their allies are losing. They are struggling to figure out how to articulate their position of wanting to perform as many abortions as possible in order to increase their bottom line. They are trying to message around the fact that they exploit women and their preborn babies every day for profit. No wonder they are on the losing end.

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Faces of Pro Life America

Brian Fischer, President, Online For Life: Pro-life Americans come from all walks of life and every ethnic and socioeconomic background. And they all carry a story that shapes their pro-life view and molds their convictions about the sacredness of life at every stage of development. Some promote the sanctity of life within their churches, schools, and communities. Others choose to serve in life-affirming pregnancy centers, or to educate young people about the importance of abstinence, or to give their financial resources to support those who minister directly to abortion-determined and post-abortive women and men. Despite the media’s attempts to paint the pro-life movement in a negative light, we want to share the true face of the pro-life individual next door.

Online for Life wanted to capture these diverse faces of the pro-life movement. So we created, a website designed to showcase the stories of those who champion the sacredness of life. I encourage you to check out the site, read the stories posted by Online for Life’s staff and volunteers, and share your own pro-life story! With wide-ranging perspectives and varied experiences, each one has openly shared his or her reasons for being pro-life.

Before Online for Life publicizes this website in publications, news outlets, and online advertising, we wanted to encourage the members of our pro-life community to go to and share their picture as well as their reason for being pro-life. Perhaps you had an unplanned pregnancy in your past, and you made the courageous decision to choose life for your child. You and your child are pro-life faces! We know not everyone can engage in frontline efforts to protect the unborn, nor is everyone equipped to minister within the walls of a life-affirming pregnancy center. Still, your efforts matter a great deal, and we wanted to give you a voice.

Visit today and encourage others by sharing your pro-life story.

Let’s offer a new face to the pro-life movement in America!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 29, 2014

Appeals Court Stops Pro-Life Law That Could Have Made Mississippi Abortion Free < A federal appeals court has stopped a pro-life law that could have made Mississippi the first state to be abortion free. A three member panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments earlier this year concerning the constitutionality of Mississippi’s law that requires abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion clinic. If allowed to be enforced, the law could close the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in the State of Mississippi. Read More

Abortionist: Botched Abortion on 22-Week Unborn Baby Was Done “in Good Faith” Abortionist Steven Chase Brigham was in a New Jersey court on Friday seeking to persuade a judge to allow him to keep his last remaining medical license, which is currently under suspension after the discovery of his secret illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme in 2010. Brigham’s attorney, Joseph Gorrell, asked Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin to consider “good faith” motivations for Brigham’s actions that nearly cost at least one young patient her life. Read More

Man Takes Pregnant 12-Year-Old He Raped to Three Abortion Clinics, None Report the Abuse According to the group Life Dynamics out of Texas who just published a shocking report on how sexual pedophiles use abortion to cover their rapes, one rape victim was taken to three – yes three clinics who, according to Life Dynamics, failed to report the abuse. As Life Dynamics reports, according to court documents, 40 year-old Joseph Coles (pictured right), began having sex with his stepdaughter when she was 10-years-old. Read More

Mainstream Media Thinks Virginity is a Shameful Status, Not a Sacred Choice Peer through a leafy curtain deep in the Amazon and you might just catch a glimpse of an elusive specimen: “the virgin.” Though rare, this foreign species manages to survive in some of the world’s most hostile ecosystems, constantly threatened by its natural enemy, the media. The media preys upon virgins for profit and mere entertainment – to dismiss them as soon as they conform. Read More

Losing the Abortion Debate, Planned Parenthood is Abandoning the Term “Pro-Choice” Because Planned Parenthood is always looking for a way to normalize abortion and make it seem mainstream, accepted and no big deal, (see their funding of the “abortion comedy” movie flop Obvious Child), their president Cecile Richards found something equally appalling to compare the ending of a child’s life to: men’s colonoscopies. Ms. Richards was recently on PBS with Bill Moyers and talked about the recent ruling from the Supreme Court on buffer zones for abortion protestors and sidewalk counselors. Here is what she said: Read More

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Federal Court Upholds Display of Ground Zero Memorial Cross

by Bethany Monk: A federal appeals court today ruled in favor of the more than 230,000 Americans who asked it to protect plans to display a 17-foot cross memorial at Ground Zero.

Created by two intersecting steel beams that survived the Twin Tower’s collapse on 9/11, the cross has become a symbol of hope and healing for those who survived the terrorist attacks.

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for law and Justice (ACLJ), is extremely pleased the court rejected what he calls a “bogus argument.”

American Atheists filed suit in 2011 claiming the Cross Memorial violates the Constitution. According to court documents, members also claimed that the cross caused them to suffer both physically and emotionally. They said it caused them to have headaches, indigestion and even mental pain.

“We argued from the beginning that this was a flawed legal challenge designed to re-write history and eliminate a powerful historical artifact,” Sekulow explained. “This bizarre legal challenge from an atheist group was exposed for what it was — a skewed legal challenge that had no merit.”

A lower court ruled in favor of the cross last spring. American Atheists appealed the ruling shortly after.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a friend-of-court brief earlier this year pointing out that the American Atheists had no right to sue in the first place. Eric Baxter, an attorney with the group, said the appeals court draws an important distinction in its ruling:

Even though the Ground Zero Cross is unquestionably a religious symbol, and holds deep religious meaning for many people — particularly those who found hope and inspiration in its discovery — the government does not violate the Establishment Clause by recognizing and educating others about the actual role played by religion in our history and culture.

Today’s order recounts the horrific circumstances under which rescue workers persevered to find survivors. It also discusses how the discovery of the cross — and later use of it — has become a symbol of “hope, faith, and healing,” of “the human spirit.”
The memorial is to be displayed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City as part of an exhibit called “Finding Meaning at Ground Zero.

“The history of 9/11 would not be complete without including the impact the Ground Zero Cross had in inspiring rescue workers and Americans generally,” Baxter explained. “Displaying the cross in a display about ‘Finding Meaning at Ground Zero’ is perfectly appropriate.”

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Arkansas Right To Life Backs Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate

While Cotton supports pro-life legislation, Pryor's record is out-of-touch with an overwhelming majority of Arkansas voters
Little Rock, Arkansas —  On Tuesday, one of the country’s largest pro-life groups threw their support behind Tom Cotton, citing his pro-life record and his opponent’s failed record in standing up for the unborn. Cotton picked up the support of both National Right to Life and Arkansas Right to Life, handing Cotton two key endorsements that show his values are in line with a majority of Arkansas voters.

"As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Cotton has been a strong advocate for the right-to-life cause," said Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life. "Tom Cotton is needed in the U.S. Senate to continue his strong advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our society."

Jackie Ragan, Arkansas director to the National Right to Life Board of Directors, said: "Mark Pryor has tried to have it both ways on the right-to-life issues, but nearly 12 years of waffling and ducking is enough."

Cotton co-sponsored and voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after the first trimester with exceptions for extreme circumstances. Nearly identical legislation passed the Arkansas State House of Representatives with 80 votes out of 100. Pryor has avoided taking a position on this key legislation, refusing to answer three separate press inquiries before finally telling Politico that he was "skeptical" of the legislation.

Cotton said: "I'm pleased to accept the endorsements of Arkansas Right to Life and National Right to Life. Arkansans deserve a Senator who will represent their values in Washington, not one who is out-of-touch and votes against their values. As a U.S. Senator, I will stand up to protect life and will fight to ensure that Arkansans never see their hard-earned tax dollars spent on abortions."

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Is Planned Parenthood Abusing Tax Dollars?

Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal: For the third year in a row, an annual report by Alliance Defending Freedom discovered widespread waste, abuse and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood on the taxpayer’s dime.

Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, called the latest findings “disturbing.”

The report comes as the organization faces backlash following undercover videos that revealed counselors offering controversial sex-ed advice about “BDSM”—a practice in which sexual partners beat, lash, or otherwise inflict pain on each other—to girls who the staffers think are 15- and 16-year-olds.

------->  In Undercover Videos, Planned Parenthood Suggests Sadistic Sex to Teen Girls

The report, “Profit. No Matter What,” suggests Planned Parenthood and its affiliates repeatedly engage in fraudulent billing practices that are designed to maximize its bottom-line revenues.

Detailing 44 known audits from across the country, the report documents cases of Planned Parenthood unlawfully billing “to complex, well-funded federal and state programs that are understaffed and rely on the integrity of the provider for program compliance.”

Aden said this amounts to approximately one in four Planned Parenthood affiliates that have been implicated and/or accused of fraud, waste and abuse.

A few examples:
  • Billing in excess of actual acquisition cost or other statutorily approved cost for contraceptive barrier products, oral contraceptives and emergency contraceptive, Plan B products.
  • Billing for services that were not medically necessary.
  • Failing to pay the bills for which an affiliate had already been reimbursed with taxpayer funds.
  • Dispensing prescription drugs, including oral contraceptives, without an authorized order by a physician or other approved health care practitioner.
---------> Another Planned Parenthood Caught Promoting X-Rated Advice to Underage Girls

Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million annually from taxpayers, which amounts to almost half of the organization’s budget. The report estimates that improper practices have resulted in the loss to taxpayers of more than $115 million.

As previously reported by The Daily Signal, the organization is set to receive additional taxpayer funding under the Personal Responsibility Education Program, an Obamacare-funded sex-education initiative.

1 in 4 Planned Parenthood affiliates face charges of fraud, waste and abuse.

In February 2013, at the request of Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Pete Olson, R-Texas, as well as other members of Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office opened a special investigation into the use of federal taxpayer dollars by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its related entities.

A GAO spokesman told The Daily Signal the probe expands on past work from a 2010 report on the federal funding to six organizations, including International Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“The team is using multiple federal databases and interviewing organizations’ representatives to obtain data on federal obligations and disbursements to these six organizations,” she said, adding that the report is expected to be issued next February.

-----------> Government Watchdog to Investigate Planned Parenthood Funding

Black said she’s “pleased” the GAO, for the first time, is conducting a comprehensive investigation into Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

“The federal government providing taxpayer funding to abortion providers is a serious problem in our nation,” she said. “I look forward to reviewing the results, and ultimately mobilizing the support needed to stop federal funding of abortion providers once and for all.”

Whether or not Congress rallies behind greater oversight of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, Aden said Alliance Defending Freedom will continue issuing its own annual reports examining the organization’s controversial practices.

“I am hopeful that Planned Parenthood will be held accountable,” Aden said. “I think people are waking up to the realization that Planned Parenthood is America’s biggest abortion provider, and that they routinely abuse taxpayer dollars.”

Planned Parenthood did not respond to The Daily Signal’s multiple requests for comment.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 28, 2014

Attorney General to Investigate Planned Parenthood Teaching Teen Girl S&M Sexn The Colorado Attorney General says he will investigate a shocking video that busted the Planned Parenthood abortion business, where its staffers are teaching teenagers about S&M-based sexual relationships and concepts such as gagging, whipping and asphyxiation. In a series of undercover audits, Live Action investigators documented Planned Parenthood counselors and nurses advising our investigators, who the Planned Parenthood staffers thought were minors, on how to practice torture sex. Read more

Obama Nominates “Religious Freedom” Ambassador Who Called Protecting Hobby Lobby “Deeply Troubling” President Barack Obama has nominated a new “Religious Freedom Ambassador,” but his nominee opposes protecting the religious freedoms of the owners of Hobby Lobby, who don’t want to be forced to pay for drugs for their employees that cause abortions. Obama announced that he will nominate Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. Saperstein is a longtime pro-abortion advocate whose group has opposed pro-life legislation. Read more

Planned Parenthood Prez Compares Protesting Abortion to Protesting Men’s Colonoscopies Last weekend, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards appeared with Bill Moyers on the PBS program Moyers & Company. The longtime PBS omnipresence pestered Richards with the fact that the abortion opponents are winning, placing limits on abortion in many states. But Richards really grew silly when Moyers asked about the Supreme Court “junking” the Massachusetts law putting a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics. She somehow compared women getting abortions to men seeking colonoscopies. Why on Earth would anyone protest men getting an intestinal polyp removed? How does that compare to a baby? Read more

Abortion Clinic in Kansas Shuts Down for Good After Routinely Violating State Law A troubled Kansas City abortion facility, Central Family Medical, also known as Aid For Women, announced on its website that it has ceased operations effective July 26, 2014, stating that its abortionist, Ronald Yeomans, and clinic administrator were “retiring.” Read more

Congressman: It’s “Criminal” That Planned Parenthood Has Abortion Quotas In the wake of new evidence provided by a former Planned Parenthood manager detailing the abortion giant’s disturbing annual quotas, Texas congressmen expressed outrage and called on Planned Parenthood to address the issue. Read more

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In Separate Decisions, Judges Strike Down Marriage Amendments in Virginia, Florida

by Bethany Monk, CitizenLink: In separate actions, judges stuck down constitutional marriage amendments in Virginia and Florida. Marriage is being challenged in every state that has not already redefined it.

A federal appeals court today stuck down Virginia’s constitutional marriage amendment claiming it violates the U.S. Constitution. Approved by 57 percent of voters in 2006, the amendment defines the institution as a union between one man and one woman.

Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, is disappointed in the decision.

“Marriage expresses the reality that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mom and a dad,” she explained. “Virginia’s laws have always rightly reflected the true and complementary nature of marriage. It’s sad that the judges have chosen to disenfranchise the 1.3 million Virginians who legally voted to amend our Constitution.”

Today’s 2-1 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court opinion. In his dissent, Judge Paul V. Niemeyer underscored the rights of states to enact legislation via the political process.

“The dissenting judge coined a new phrase that applies to all these redefinition decisions,” said Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family. “He calls what the majority did ‘dictionary jurisprudence,’ which defines terms as convenient to attain an end. That’s a short way of saying that the Supreme Court has recognized ‘marriage’ as a fundamental right, but without a definition, so since there’s no real definition, then same-sex couples are entitled to that right.”

In other words, Hausknecht added: “First the court ‘undefines’ marriage, then it redefines marriage.”

Today’s decision also affects North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. Maryland, which is also a part of the 4th Circuit, has already created same-sex marriage.

In a ruling released late Friday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel declared Florida’s marriage amendment unconstitutional. Zabel claimed the marriage law, passed in 2008 by 62 percent of Floridians, “serves only to hurt, to discriminate, to deprive same-sex couples and their families of equal dignity, to label and treat them as second-class citizens, and to deem them unworthy of participation in one of the fundamental institutions of our society.”

The judge cited the U.S. Supreme Court decision from last summer that nullified a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but conceded that states should have the right to regulate marriage. Another case cited was Loving v. Virginia, a 1967 ruling that allowed interracial marriage.

John Stemberger, CEO of the Florida Family Policy Council, called the judge’s use of the Loving case “misplaced.”

“Race and ethnicity are not an inherent property of marriage,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. “Gender, however, is an inherent property of marriage. Loving, in essence, said any man can marry any woman irrespective of race and ethnicity.”

“With one stroke of a pen, a mere trial judge has attempted to overthrow an act of direct democracy by five million Floridians who defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

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IRS promises Atheists: "We will monitor Churches"

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, Praying In Jesus Name: The Obama Administration caved in to atheists and again threatens church pastors.

"The IRS has agreed to pay closer attention to what is said in houses of worship after reaching a settlement with a secularist group in federal court last week," reports LifeSiteNews.

"On Friday, the IRS settled a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The Wisconsin [atheist] group brought the lawsuit because it said the IRS was ignoring complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt statuses.

"Specifically, FFRF said many churches promote political issues, legislation, and/or candidates from the pulpit in violation of the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which requires that non-profits not endorse candidates.

"According to FFRF, the IRS has not followed a 2009 ruling requiring it to hire someone to keep an eye on church politicking. The IRS says it hasn't ignored the ruling, but merely failed to follow it.

"The government has put a moratorium on the IRS’ investigations of tax-exempt organizations after the scandal that broke in 2013 over its targeting of pro-life, pro-family, and Tea Party groups. FFRF says that even though the IRS will not enforce the agreement because of the moratorium, they can still bring the lawsuit again if needed after the moratorium is lifted.

"FFRF said in a press release that it filed the lawsuit because of Pulpit Freedom Sunday, which in 2012 involved approximately 1,500 church leaders delivering sermons on the intersection between politics and Scripture. Many dare to mail recordings of their sermons to the IRS, inviting a lawsuit, but the IRS does not sue because they know they'd lose in court.  The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, especially in church.

IRS Lost 2 years Emails, Lois Lerner hides from Congress.

Defying a Congressional subpoena, the IRS chief who persecuted conservative groups cannot locate two years of emails from 2009 to 2011 when she is accused of conspiring with White House officials and Congressional Democrats to break the law.

Using the IRS' tax power to audit the political enemies of the Obama Administration, the cover-up now smells of abuse of power, political corruption, and lying to Congress.

Strangely, Lerner reportedly can only provide internal emails she sent to her fellow IRS co-workers, but claims any emails she sent to Democrats were "deleted" from all servers.

Dave Camp (R-CA), The Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee (and my friend, whom I met in DC last summer, to encourage his investigation of IRS corruption), said:

"The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to Congressional inquiries. There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General."

The IRS claims a hard-drive crash caused the loss of external emails which Lerner likely sent to Democrats in the White House and Congress, but did not affect internal emails she sent to her co-workers.  [That's a pretty selective crash, don't you think?]

The 1954 Johnson Amendment law is not just unconstitutional, it's also un-American.   Hundreds of courageous pastors take a stand every October, by violating the Johnson Amendment law and preaching about politics (just one Sunday per year) in the pulpit.   Many send transcripts to the IRS demanding their own punishment, and daring the IRS to sue them in court, or try to revoke their church's non-profit IRS status.

So far the IRS has failed, repeatedly, to enforce the Johnson Amendment, because they themselves admit the law violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The government cannot tax or punish free speech, especially in church. Religion itself is highly political, because God is God, and the devil wants to rule in His place.  Nowadays the devil uses corrupt politicians to rule society and pass immoral laws.

Throughout America's history, starting with the Revolution, our nation's pastors spoke freely on political and moral issues of their day. It was not only their privilege but their duty to preach truth to power, against immorality and corruption.  Historian James H. Huston wrote of 1776: "Preachers seemed to vie with their brethren in other colonies in arousing their congregations against George III."  Mr. Huston also discovered the House of Representatives sponsored church services in its chambers for the first 100 years.  They only stopped when better transportation took members of Congress home for the weekend.

In the mid-nineteenth century, evangelical Christians were primary agents in shaping American political culture and ending slavery, according to Richard Carwardine, author of Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America. "Political sermons, triumphalism and doom laden, redolent with biblical imagery and theological terminology, were a feature of the age," he writes.

In the 1856 election, one minister distilled the question before voters as a contest pitting "truth and falsehood, liberty and tyranny, light and darkness, holiness and sin . . . the two great armies of the battlefield of the universe, each contending for victory."  Language like this today earns a pastor a visit or letter from the Internal Revenue Service.

In 1992, the Church at Pierce Creek in Vestal, New York placed a newspaper ad warning Christians not to vote for Bill Clinton for president.  Casting a vote for Clinton, the ad warned in rhetoric echoing 1856, would be committing a sin. The IRS took notice and three years later revoked the conservative church's tax exemption.

But the IRS does not enforce this law fairly. For example in 1994 another church in New York welcomed "New York governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY) campaigned for reelection on a Sunday morning at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem. Cuomo was rewarded with a long, loud round of applause and an unequivocal endorsement from the pastor," according to a Newsday report. But the IRS never stops liberals. The American Center for Law and Justice, which represented the Church at Pierce Creek, uncovered evidence at trial that the IRS knew of more than 500 instances in which candidates appeared before churches, as happened with Governor Cuomo and Bethel A.M.E., but took no action to revoke these churches' tax-exempt status.

The Johnson law is being used by the Government to shape the messages of the Church and its pastors. Conservative churches are silenced, but liberal churches are freely politicized.  This Government censorship of ANY Church is plain and simple illegal.  The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech." Yet that is exactly what Congress did, and the IRS now does, by silencing churches.

Bottom line:  Our pastors are being silenced.  Let's take the gag off conservative churches, and restore the First Amendment freedom of speech to our pulpits.

Friends, our Congress must vote on the record, for or against pulpit freedom.   Let's take a stand today, and demand free speech be restored to churches and pastors.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 25, 2014

District Attorney Refuses to Investigate Clinic That Killed Woman in Botched 19-Week Abortion More than four months after the avoidable death of Lakisha Wilson at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, there has been no action taken by the Cuyahoga County District Attorney, Timothy McGinty, despite repeated calls from pro-life groups for a criminal investigation. Operation Rescue was recently tipped to the fact that McGinty has stated he is disinclined to investigate Wilson’s abortion-related death, prompting Operation Rescue to call on the public to urge McGinty to order police or perhaps his own investigators to look into why she died and who is responsible. Read More

Planned Parenthood Refuses Comment on Video Catching Staffer Telling Teen to Let Her Boyfriend Beat Her Talk about a war on women. The Planned Parenthood abortion business has no comment on an undercover video that catches a Planned Parenthood staffer engaging in her own war on women. The pro-life group Live Action released the third installment today in its “SexEd” investigative series, showing a Planned Parenthood staffer in Portland, Oregon offering disturbing sex counseling to someone she thinks is a fifteen-year-old girl. The video clearly shows the counselor encouraging the young girl to allow herself to be victimized in violent sexual encounters with her partner. Read More

87% of Babies With Cystic Fibrosis are Aborted, But We Could Never Kill This Bundle of Joy A medical exam room is where most parents are presented with “their options” regarding life. It’s where they are overwhelmed with the unpleasant diagnoses that their unborn child has a life threatening genetic disorder. And, it’s where they are first presented with the challenges and trials that will mark their child’s entire time on earth. But, it’s also where God’s blessings are revealed. Read More

Congress Gives Standing Ovation to Miracle Baby Doctors Said Would Die When she was pregnant with her daughter Abigail Rose Beutler, doctors told Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, a pro-life Republican from Washington state, that her baby had a potentially fatal diagnosis that would claim her life shortly after birth. eutler posted a message on Facebook last June saying her unborn child had been diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, a condition which prevents the child’s kidneys from developing properly and is typically fatal for the baby. Read More

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Christian Legal Group Wants to See IRS Plans to Investigate Churches

by Bethany Monk, CitizenLink : A Christian legal group submitted a Freedom of Information Act request this week after learning of IRS plan to investigate churches.

This follows an IRS decision to settle a lawsuit with a secular organization. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed suit against the IRS claiming it failed to review churches the way the group would like. According to FFRF, the IRS has “adopted procedures for reviewing, evaluating and determining whether to initiate church investigations.”

What the IRS intends to do to churches “must be brought into the light of day,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Christina Holcomb.

“Secrecy breeds mistrust,” Holcomb said. “The IRS should know this in light of its recent scandals involving the investigation of conservative groups. We are asking the IRS to disclose the new protocols and procedures it apparently adopted for determining whether to investigate churches.”

FFRF claimed the IRS failed to investigate “open and notorious politicking by churches” during Pulpit Freedom Sunday. The annual event — launched by ADF in 2008 — encouraged pastors to speak publicly from the pulpit on political issues from a biblical standpoint. This year’s event will take place Oct. 5.

The IRS claims it is temporarily halting investigations of all tax-exempt organizations in light of the recent scandals. Last spring, the agency admitted it was wrong to target nonprofits with the words “Tea Party” or “patriot” during the 2012 election season. Since then, several conservative groups reported such harassment.

In a news release, FFRF says the annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday event violates the Johnson Amendment. Passed by Congress in 1954, the law revised the tax code to threaten churches with the loss of their tax-exempt status — if they speak out for or against political candidates or issues.

“The IRS cannot force churches to give up their precious constitutionally protected freedoms to receive a tax exemption,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley, who heads the Pulpit Freedom Sunday event. “No one would suggest a pastor give up his church’s tax-exempt status if he wants to keep his constitutional protection against illegal search and seizure or cruel and unusual punishment. Likewise, no one should be asking him to do the same to be able to keep his constitutionally protected freedom of speech.”

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 24, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim Finally Leaves Sudan After Being Sentenced to Death for Her Faith The Sudanese woman who was pregnant and sentenced to death for not recanting her faith has finally been allowed to leave Sudan after she spent weeks in a U.S. embassy after her release from prison. At eight months pregnant, Ibrahim had been sentenced to death for not renouncing her Christian faith and she was imprisoned and eventually forced to give birth in chains while shackled in the Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in North Khartoum, Sudan. Read More

Woman Has Two Abortions Because She Didn’t Want to Share Her Husband With Her Children Rowena met Roger when she was a teen and knew he was the man for her and they ultimately married when they were 21 years old. Both agreed they never wanted to have children, so when Rowena became pregnant twice, she had abortions both times. Rowena says she had the abortions in part because she didn’t want to share her husband’s affections with her children. Read More

Obama Motorcade Prevents Pregnant Woman in Labor From Getting to the Hospital News reports today and irate witnesses at the scene report that a pregnant woman in labor was not allowed to cross the street to go to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for 30 minutes because Obama’s motorcade was expected to drive through the area. The woman sat on a bus bench until Obama’s motorcade drove through. Read More

Abortionist Who Failed to Report Rape of 13-Year-Old Stopped From Doing Abortions Ulrich Klopfer who faces charges that he delayed reporting an abortion on a 13-year-old girl in South Bend, Indiana, in January 2013, has been stopped from doing abortions. Indiana law requires reports on abortions provided to girls younger than 14 to be submitted within three days. Klopfer submitted the report six months after the abortion, according to state records. Klopfer potentially faces a fine of $1,000 and 180 days in jail if convicted of the Class B misdemeanor. Read More

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Federal Judge Says Colorado Should Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

by Bethany Monk, CitizenLink: A federal judge on Wednesday said Colorado’s constitutional marriage amendment — approved by voters in 2006 — violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore put the ruling on hold until Aug. 25 pending an appeal.

The District of Columbia and 19 states have redefined marriage either by court order or legislation. God’s timeless design for the institution, however, has not changed, said Debbie Chaves, president of Colorado Family Action.

“Just because marriage is being devalued in society — the courts, the arts and media — it does not mean it is any less important to the framework of society,” she told CitizenLink. “God still intends for one man and one woman to join together in a marriage bond that allows for procreation, fidelity, selflessness and a healthy future.”

Six couples filed suit against Colorado’s marriage law earlier this month.

Legal analysts continue to point out the “chaos” that has ensued, in some states, as a result of court decisions on the matter. In fact, Colorado is among the states where some county clerks have begun issuing licenses to same-sex couples — before the final ruling on the matter.

A Boulder county clerk took it upon herself to begin issuing licenses in June. This was the same day a federal judge struck down Utah’s marriage law. Clerks in Denver and Pueblo counties began issuing licenses earlier this month.

Last week, in a different set of cases, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered Denver and Adams counties to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples as part of ongoing state court marriage litigation in those counties.

On Wednesday, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to require the Boulder clerk to stop issuing the licenses.

“The marriage licenses issued by a few lawless county clerks to same-sex couples are null-and-void,” said Focus on the Family Judicial Analyst Bruce Hausknecht. “They have only served to stir up publicity, while public confidence in such elected officials and in the rule of law suffers.”

Whatever the outcome, Chaves said, we need to lift up the issue in prayer.

“It is important that we continue to pray for God’s design for marriage to be restored to the place of honor it deserves,” she explained. “Pray for people to be moved to set aside individual, self-serving desires and focus once again on the blessing of God’s design for marriage and the stable future that design provides for families and society.”

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Christianity on Trial

Kerby Anderson
by Kerby Anderson, Point of View:  Will Christianity hold up in court? Trial lawyer Mark Lanier answers that question in his book, Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith. He has three decades of experience as a lawyer but also has college training in biblical languages. In the book he brings his biblical expertise and his legal background to bear on some of the foundational apologetic questions concerning Christianity.

He makes an opening statement similar to one he would make in a court of law. He argues that we (the jury) should use our common sense in evaluating the statements of the witnesses and the claims of the experts. He also reminds us that we are evaluating evidence like we would in a courtroom. What is the evidence for the proposition? What is the evidence against it?

He then takes us through many of the fundamental questions believers and skeptics have about the Christian faith. In each case he calls "witnesses" to address those questions. For the existence of a god or no god, he calls to the stand such luminaries at G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. In order to explain the biblical view of God, we hear from the Psalmist, St. Paul, and John the Apostle.

He also addresses two important issues in our world today: truth and morality. We unfortunately live in a postmodern world that denies the existence of absolute truth. That is why he calls witnesses like Plato, Descartes, St. Paul, Anselm of Canterbury, and Augustine.

We also live in a world full of moral relativism. That is why he also writes about "Right, Wrong and the Moral God." His witnesses here include Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Adolf Hitler.

He concludes with the resurrection. Lawyers like Frank Morrison (who wrote the book, Who Moved the Stone?) have found the evidence for the resurrection to be compelling when examined in the same way they examine evidence in a courtroom.

If you know a lawyer who is skeptical about Christianity, this might be a book you could pass on to him or her. They will find that the claims of Christianity can indeed hold up in court.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 23, 2014

Planned Parenthood Counselor Caught Telling Teen to Let Her Boyfriend Beat Her Abortion activists claim pro-lifers are engaging in a “war on women:” by passing legislation to protect women and unborn children from abortion. But a new expose’ video catches a Planned Parenthood staffer engaging in her own war on women. The pro-life group Live Action released the third installment today in its “SexEd” investigative series, showing a Planned Parenthood staffer in Portland, Oregon offering disturbing sex counseling to someone she thinks is a fifteen-year-old girl. The video clearly shows the counselor encouraging the young girl to allow herself to be victimized in violent sexual encounters with her partner. Read More

Obama Admin May Revise HHS Mandate After Losing Hobby Lobby Battle The Obama administration may back down somewhat on the pro-abortion HHS mandate that compels religious groups and businesses to pay for abortion-causing drugs and birth control for their employees after losing its battle against Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court. However, the head of one pro-life group warns that it doesn’t trust the Obama administration to provide adequate protection for religious nonprofits that have objections to the abortion-causing drugs. Read More

Liberal Court Dismisses Massive Fraud Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood The liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case yesterday that alleges the Planned Parenthood abortion business defrauded the state of California out of hundreds of millions of dollars by overcharging customers for birth control and improperly asking the state for taxpayer-funded reimbursements. Former California Planed Parenthood financial official P. Victor Gonzalez is behind the lawsuit. Gonzalez says his own internal audit estimates that Planned Parenthood overcharged California taxpayers for purchasing birth control by at least $180 million. Read More

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Winton’s List: This Man Saved Hundreds of Jews From Death, Now He Meets Them 50 Years Later

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | You’ve heard of Oscar Schindler, but have you heard of Sir Nicholas Winton?

Winton organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The British press has dubbed him the “British Schindler.”

Despite his heroics, Winton never spoke of his heroism.

Fifty years later, he comes face-to-face with 80 people whose young lives were saved as a result of his bravery.

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Pro-Life News, July 22, 2014

Ex-Planned Parenthood Director: They Told Me Every Baby Killed in Abortion Made Them $313.29 in a new expose’ video released today, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director says Planned Parenthood put a price on the value of a human life: $313.29. That’s the amount of money Abby Johnson says the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic she ran in south Texas would make every time it would kill a baby in an abortion. Johnson, who is now pro-life, released a video this morning exposing the abortion quotas that take place at Planned Parenthood. Read More

First-Time Dad Can’t Get His Newborn Girl to Stop Crying, What Happens Next is Priceless Here is a powerful video with a pro-life theme that you should spend two minutes watching. Dave Andrusko of the National Right to Life Committee tells us why this video is so amazing: It’s been a long, long time since I was a first-time dad trying frantically to figure out what to do (in the absence of my wife) when our newborn daughter would cry, seemingly inconsolable. Read More

Court’s Decision Strikes Huge Blow to Pro-Abortion Obamacare A decision by a federal appeals court today strikes a huge blow to Obamacare, which the pro-life movement steadfastly opposed because of its abortion funding and rationing components. A federal appeals court rejected subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees and the court determined that those federal subsidies can only go to people who sign up to Obamacare via state exchanges and not the federally-run exchange. Read More

His Celebral Palsy Should Have Left Him Unable to Walk, But He’s a Star Athlete Meet Ben Jackson. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Ben didn’t want that to define him. So he pushed himself to become a wrestler.Read More

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Georgia County Church Sees Victory in ‘Zoning Code’ Case

by Bethany Monk, Citizen Link: A Georgia County has revised a zoning policy that forced a church congregation to temporarily hold its services in the basement of a jewelry store. As part of the settlement, the county has agreed to pay several thousand dollars to the church in damages and attorneys’ fees.

In June 2012, a Christian legal group filed suit against Rockdale County for refusing New Generation Christian Church access to different properties to hold worship services. The zoning code prohibits churches from meeting on property of less than three acres in any zoning district.

“Government officials shouldn’t use zoning restrictions to discriminate against small, start-up churches that want to minister to communities in need,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “There’s no legitimate reason to require churches to have a minimum of three acres of property.”

This zoning restriction did not apply to other groups including sports centers, day care center, libraries or performing arts centers.

Before filing the suit, the church requested permission to rent the vacant property it initially occupied. The county rejected the request because of the zoning restrictions. The congregation began meeting in the basement of a jewelry store.

“Small churches have the same constitutional freedoms as non-religious groups and larger, wealthy churches,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “Zoning regulations shouldn’t force small churches to go underground simply because they can’t afford property of more than three acres.”

In the complaint, New Generation said the zoning code violated its free exercise of religious guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It also said the code violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The law protects churches and other faith groups from discriminatory zoning laws.

“Federal law prohibits saddling churches with these kinds of unjustifiable, targeted zoning restrictions,” Stanley explained. “We commend the county for changing its regulations so that small ministries can afford properties appropriate for their size.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION Read the complaint in New Generation Christian Church v. Rockdale County.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 21, 2014

I Used to Be Pro-Choice, Pro-Choice to the Core, Then I Had an Abortion Every morning, the faithfulness of the sun touches our eyelids. Unfortunately, the faithfulness of the alarm clock also reaches our ears. We slowly rise from the pillow, sneak out from under the sheets, and begin the tasks for that day. For most people, there is a passion that gives us the encouragement to live each day. It might be a job, a child, a spouse, a religion. My passion is being pro-life. It drives and it motivates me. I find joy in being the voice for the unborn every day, even if it’s just in the smallest ways. There was a time in my life when you couldn’t have paid me a million dollars to truthfully and passionately say the statement above. I used to be pro-choice. Pro-choice to my very core and then everything changed… Read More

Pro-Abortion Lena Dunham’s Book Tour May Be Coming to a Church Near You < Lena Dunham isn’t exactly the first person you’d expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show ‘Girls’ and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the “first time” was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunham’s racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. Read More

These Buildings Used to Be Abortion Clinics, What They Do Now is Amazing Years ago, I encountered a piece in Feminism & Nonviolence Studies entitled “Feminist, Prolife, and Atheist,” by Kathryn Reed. At the time, I had no idea that atheism was in my future. What really stuck with me was not the title, or even the body of the article, but one of the subheadings: “Converting Abortion Clinics To Peacetime Use.” The idea of “peacetime use” has been on my mind a lot lately, as the pro-life movement has seen a record number of abortion businesses close in recent months. On a whim, I thought I’d put together a list showing how some former abortion sites are now being used. In chronological order: Read More

This 11-Year-Old Just Helped a Governor Sign a Bill to Stop Aborting Babies With Down Syndrome We have a young heroine for life in our state. Her name is Chloe Kondrich, and she has Down syndrome. The 11-year-old and her family have made it their mission to educate people about the precious value of individuals with Down syndrome. The family received our Pennsylvania Pro-Life Leadership Award in 2011. Read More

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